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PANICFrom time to time – when you are in the middle of running a WordPress update on your business website – it will just stop and then when you try and access your website you won’t be able to see it – but will instead see a message about your site being in Maintenance mode.

This can be rather worrying – and generally the site will then be stuck like this. The problem has been caused when an update failed to work – as WordPress puts your site in maintenance mode first – runs the update – then should disable the maintenance mode.

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

You will get a blank page with the message above when you try and access your wp-admin…

Don’t panic!!! As there is a simple fix.

How to disable WordPress maintenance mode after a failed update?

By accessing your website via FTP – you can sort out the problem.

  • Connect to your website via ftp
  • Open the folder of your WordPress website.
  • Find the file .maintenance and delete it.

That should do the trick and take your site out of maintenance mode.


If you don’t have FTP access or simply need a hand – then please get in touch.